What the blog is about

This blog is a way keep everyone updated on the Miller's. The blog will take you through normal everyday life along with our clubfoot journey.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

One month to go!!

One month to go until Knox can go down in hours with his shoes. YAY!! I can't believe that 2 mos have already went by.  Knox is doing wonderful and his feet look really good.  We are religious in keeping with the "plan" and only having Knox's shoes off for an hour a day.  It's sad to put them back on because he just kicks and kicks when he's free.  His left foot (which was the worse of the two) had rubbed a sore on the top of his foot where the middle strap crosses.  We have been putting molefoam on the sore for almost a month and it has finally healed up. We head back to Iowa on March 24 when we should be able to go down to wearing the shoes 14-16hrs a day (naps/bedtime). Now on to a few pics of my big boy!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I will start by saying that I'm one of those mothers who NEVER leave their children. I would rather spend a night snuggled on the couch with my husband and kids than finding a babysitter and going out. Unfortunately, it's gotten to the point where it's been almost 2 years since Steve and I have been out alone :(.  So Saturday night was the night.  We went to dinner with three of my best friends from high school and then out for drinks.  We left at 7pm and lasted until 1:30!! It was so much fun.  Steve and I really re-connected and had adult conversations.......rather than "Honey, throw me a diaper or Did Lily poop today?".  We danced and kissed without a 1 year old poking me in the face. It was a much needed night and I definitely need to schedule more date nights in the future.  The kids were even good for the babysitter.  I had a vision of Lily tying up the babysitter and then ripping the house to shreds.  She played like a good girl and was in bed by 9pm. I was so tired on Sunday but it was definitely worth it. Hopefully we will plan this again soon rather than waiting 2 more years :).

Friday, February 4, 2011

4 Months Old!

So Knox is 4 months old now.  It feels like it was just yesterday that I had him.  He's growing so fast and turning into a little man.

Here is a recap of Knox's short life so far:
-Born on 9/24/10 weighing 6lbs 14oz
-Hospitalized for jaundice on days 3&4
-1st set of casts put on day 5
-3 more sets of casts changed weekly
-1 month weight= 8lbs. 5 oz
-Tenotomy surgery on Nov.1
-More castings following tenotomy..........too many to count because they all slipped off
-Flew to Iowa for clubfoot treatment on December3
-Flew back to Iowa for 2nd casting on Dec 10
-Flew back to Iowa and fitted for shoes on Dec 17
-2 1/2 month weight= 15lbs 8oz BIG BOY!!
-Soaked casts off on Dec 31, put into Mitchell's shoes with the bar
-January 14, 2011- Rolled over for the first time
-4 month weight= 16lbs 11oz 26"long  75th %

Whew.......time is flying by.  Knox is starting to coo and blow bubbles.  He rolls over all the time now.  He is getting pretty good at sitting up.  All in all, a healthy boy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Assistance with travel--Resources

I know that there are a few clubfoot momma's who read my blog so I wanted to let you know about a few resources that have helped with our travels to Iowa for Knox's clubfoot treatment.

We flew with Lifeline Pilots which is a non-profit organization that assists with air travel.  They do not require a financial status level to qualify.  You just fill out some paperwork and have a doctor sign off saying that your child is medically stable enough to fly. 

We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House. It costs $15/night but if you are unable to pay then they will still accomodate you.  You fill out your reservation online and then check with them the morning of your trip to make sure that you have a room.  This was a wonderful way to meet other clubfoot kids (it's clubfoot land in Iowa so many of the residents at the Ronald McDonald house were clubfoot children.).  If the RMDH can not accomodate you then they will set you up at a local hotel with a discounted rate.  The RMDH also supplies food for you while you stay.

Other websites to assist with travel expenses include:
-Angel Flights
-Air Care Alliance
-Childrens Flight of Hope
-Corporate Angel Network
-Mercy Medical Airlift
-Miracle Flights for Kids
-Northwest Airlines, Kid Cares Program
-American Airlines, Advantage Miles for Kids in Need